Take the scenic route to Orland River Day festivities Saturday, June 30 — join the annual Alewife Run from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to Orland Village.


Cheri Domina of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Karen Francoeur of Castine Kayak Adventures will lead canoers and kayakers from the Alamoosook Lake beach at 8 a.m. sharp for a leisurely 3.5-mile (less than two-hour) paddle down the scenic Narramissic River, arriving in the village in time for the parade and strawberry shortcake. One short portage around a dam is involved.


Need a boat? Castine Kayak will rent and deliver a kayak for $20 (call 866-3506). To leave a vehicle in the village, drop off your boat at the hatchery, then drive to Orland village and catch the shuttle back (courtesy of First Student), leaving from the old schoolhouse parking lot on Route 166 (next to the post office) at 7:30 a.m.


Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery is located 1.3 miles off Route 1, on Hatchery Road in East Orland. For more info, call Cheri at 930-9730 or email cheri.domina@gmail.com. The paddle will happen in (light) rain or sunshine.


After the Alewife Run, join Castine Kayak's Rescue & Rolling Demonstration at 11:30 a.m. on the Narramissic River waterfront. Maine sea kayak guides from Castine Kayak will demonstrate "Many Ways to Right and Re-enter your Kayak."


The demonstration will show what happens when a kayak tips over and how many ways a capsized kayaker can be rescued, as well as what to take along when kayaking and what skills kayakers should strive to learn.